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Illinois Ethics Matters, a monthly electronic newsletter produced by the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor, is available here. This page also contains news items and/or current events.

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Click here to access the September 2010 through December 2013 editions of
Illinois Ethics Matters.


News

On July 29, 2014, ABC 7 News posted an article titled "Metra faces penalties for falsifying work logs".

On July 28, 2014, Chicago CBS Local posted an article titled "Illinois State Fair Managers Fined For Ethics Violations".

On July 28, 2014, WUIS (91.9 FM) posted an article titled "Inspector General Finds Old Metra Practice Could Lead To Fatigued Conductors".

On July 28, 2014, Pantagraph.com posted an article titled "Illinois fair managers fined for free beer tickets".

On July 28, 2014, Crain's Chicago Business (chicagobusiness.com) posted an article titled "Inspector General: Metra workers falsified time sheets".

On July 28, 2014, Chicago Tribune posted an article titled "State watchdog faults Metra for falsifying work logs".

On July 28, 2014, NBC Chicago posted an article titled "Metra Allowed Decades of False Record-Keeping, IG Says".

On July 28, 2014, Chicago Tribune posted an article titled "State fair managers punished in free beer ticket scandal".

On July 28, 2014, OEIG released the July edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On July 28, 2014, OEIG issued a press release related to two founded reports of wrongdoing at Metra, one dealing with safety logs and the other with ethics training.

On July 28, 2014, OEIG case 11-01032 (In re: Metra Managers and Staff) released.

On July 28, 2014, OEIG case 13-01848 (In re: Laith El-Talabani) released.

On July 28, 2014, OEIG issued a press release related to an EEC decision on issues at the DuQuoin State Fair and the Illinois State Fair.

On July 28, 2014, Disciplinary decision for 14EEC006 (Rednour and Bliefnick) released.

On, July 24, 2014, OEIG issued a press release related to a letter sent from the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor to the Office of the Attorney General.

On July 3, 2014, OEIG sent a letter to Chairman Martin Oberman of the Metra Board of Directors .

On June 26, 2014, Revolving Door decision for 14EEC010 (Mayville) released.

On June 24, 2014, OEIG released the June edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On June 21, 2014, Northern Public Radio posted an article titled "Report Sheds Light On NIU Ethics Probe".

On June 20, 2014, Chicago Sun-Times posted an article titled "Report: Ex-state higher education leader's departure 'misleading'".

On June 20, 2014, Pantagraph.com posted an article titled "Report: Education board chief got $48K to leave".

On June 20, 2014, Belleville News Democrat posted an article titled "Report: NIU official had worker clean boss's home".

On June 20, 2014, Daily Chronicle posted an article titled "State report: NIU supervisor required employee to clean boss's home".

On June 20, 2014, WUIS.org posted an article titled "IBHE Leader "Abused Public Resources," Got $48K".

On June 20, 2014, OEIG released a press release in response to the summary reports for 12-00140 (In re: George Reid), 12-01622 (In re: Tom Folowell), and 12-02104 (In re: Donnella Anderson-Watkins and Sammie Watkins).

On June 20, 2014, Redacted summary report for 12-00140 (In re: George Reid) released.

On June 20, 2014, Redacted summary report for 12-01622 (In re: Tom Folowell) released.

On June 20, 2014, Redacted summary report for 12-02104 (In re: Donnella Anderson-Watkins and Sammie Watkins) released.

On April 21, 2014, Chicago Tribune posted an article titled "Watchdog to lawmakers: Move swiftly on transit reforms."

On April 8, 2014, Peoria Public Radio (peoriapublicradio.org) posted an article titled "Investigators focus on IL child care provider."

On April 4, 2014, St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted an article titled "Having co-workers do his homework results in fine for ex-Illinois state worker."

On April 3, 2014, Chicago Tribune posted an article titled "Unemployment benefits manager who had employees do his homework out of job."

On March 18, 2014, the OEIG released the March edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On February 21, 2014, Chicago Sun-Times posted an article titled "Minister accused of misconduct while he served on RTA board."

On February 8, 2014, Quad-City Times posted an article titled "IDOT employee fired over ethics violations."

On February 6, 2014, Sun-times Voices posted an article titled "State ethics watchdog hits state boxing officials for ‘incompetence’."

On February 6, 2014, the Chicago Tribune posted an article titled "State report: Boxing regulators ran dysfunctional agency."

On January 16, 2014, Daily Herald (dailyherald.com) posted an editorial article titled "Editorial: Fix whistleblower law to boost safety."

On January 15, 2014, Daily Herald (dailyherald.com) posted an article titled "Singing state worker kept on day job a year after filing false report."

On December 19, 2013, the OEIG released the December edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On November 20, 2013, the OEIG released the November edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On November 1, 2013, NBC Chicago (nbcchicago.com) posted an article and news report titled "State Ride Inspector Caught Singing Instead of Working."

On October 16, 2013, the OEIG released the October edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On September 24, 2013, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "CTA bus tech abused position to get daughter's car fixed, inquiry finds."

On September 16, 2013, the OEIG released the September edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On September 13, 2013, the OEIG released the office's FY 2013 Annual Report.

On August 20, 2013, the OEIG released the August edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On July 24, 2013, the State Journal Register published an article titled "Inspector: State employee tried to influence sexual harassment case."

On July 24, 2013, the Quad-City Times published an article titled "Carnival inspector fired for spending time as wedding singer."

On July 24, 2013, the OEIG released the July edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On June 18, 2013, the OEIG released the June edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On May 14, 2013, the OEIG submitted written testimony to the Illinois Senate State Government and Veterans Affairs Committee in support of House Bill 2, which creates the Single Audit Commission to recommend uniform state grant standards. Please click the following link to view the testimony and other related information:

On May 2, 2013, wsiltv.com posted an article titled "Former IDOT Assistant Responds to State Investigation."

On April 23, 2013, the OEIG released the April edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On April 23, 2013, The OEIG issued a memo providing a brief history and explanation of the Cook County Circuit Court Case April Lasker v. Executive Ethics Commission, et al. Please click the following link to view the memo and the decision:

On April 15, 2013, The State Journal-Register posted an article titled "Ex-congressman cited for improper IDOT hiring."

On April 15, 2013, the Quad-City Times published an article titled "Former Illinois congressman cited in ethics probe."

On April 12, 2013, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "Ex-UIC athletics official violated ethics rules, state says."

On April 12, 2013, The State Journal-Register published an article titled "Inappropriate photos on computer lead to state worker's firing."

On April 5, 2013, the OEIG released an April Special Edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On March 14, 2013, the OEIG released the March edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On February 25, 2013, VÍVELOHOY posted an article titled "UNO, bajo la lupa."

On February 14, 2013, the OEIG released the February edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On February 13, 2013, the OEIG launched a web page for its Grant Review Initiative Team (GRIT). Click here to access the web page. The GRIT web page can also be accessed by clicking on the above “Investigations” drop-down menu and selecting “Grant Review Initiative Team (GRIT).”

On January 30, 2013, the Mt. Vernon Register-News published an article titled "Probe: Ill. prison hire lacked required experience."

On January 30, 2013, Quad-Cities Online posted an article titled "Inspector general says state hired unqualified worker at E.M. prison."

On January 30, 2013, the Chicago Sun-times published an article titled "'Consultant' to state Sen. Napoleon Harris cited in state ethics probe."

On January 29, 2013, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "Former state ethics commissioner hit with $2,500 ethics violation."

On January 29, 2013, Quad-Cities Online posted an article titled "Illinois ethics official fined for breaking ethics law."

On January 18, 2013, the OEIG released the January edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On December 17, 2012, the OEIG released an Illinois Ethics Matters Special Edition newsletter.

On December 14, 2012, the website RiverBender.com posted an article titled "New Team Investigates Waste, Fraud and Abuse."

On December 14, 2012, the OEIG issued a press release to announce the creation of the Grant Review Initiative Team (GRIT)

On December 14, 2012, the OEIG released the December edition of the Illinois Ethics Matters newsletter.

On December 3, 2012, The State Journal-Register published an article titled "State worker punished for driving state car after drinking."

On December 3, 2012, the Quad-City Times published an article titled "Former IDOT aide fined in ethics scandal."

On November 16, 2012, the State Journal-Register published an article titled "Inspector: Hiring law broken at state agency."

On October 28, 2012, the Chicago Tribune published an edited version of Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza’s October 22, 2012 letter to the editor titled "Misconduct Must be Investigated Thoroughly and Timely."

On October 5, 2012, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article titled "Bus driver chauffeured celebrities while collecting CTA disability checks." Please click the following link to read the article:

On October 4, 2012, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "Riverdale mayor accused of misconduct by state inspector general." Please click the following link to read the article:

On October 4, 2012, the website WBEZ.org published an article titled "IL Inspector General: Riverdale mayor did city work on state time." Please click the following link to read the article:

On October 4, 2012, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article titled "Riverdale mayor fired for doing village work while on state clock." Please click the following link to read the article:

On October 4, 2012, the OEIG issued a press release commenting upon the public release of a redacted final report summarizing the OEIG’s investigation in In re Deyon Dean and Ivonne Sambolin, OEIG Case No. 09-01120. Please click the following link to view the press release:

On August 23, 2012, the Office of the Auditor General released its Compliance Examination of our office for the two year period ending June 30, 2011. To review the OAG's report, click the following link:

On August 8, 2012, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "Report bans ousted director from state power agency."  

On June 26, 2012, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "Professor fined over 'Orwellian' ethics training." 

On June 26, 2012, The News-Gazette published an article titled "UI professor fined $500 for skipping ethics training for years." Please click the following link to read the article:

On June 25, 2012, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article titled "U of I prof relents, will take ethics training developed by ‘unwise rulers to annoy us’." Please click the following link to read the article:

On June 23, 2012, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article titled "Madigan won’t punish ex-parole agents accused of leak embarrassing Quinn." Please click the following link to read the article:

On June 23, 2012, The Times of Northwest Indiana published an article titled "Report: Agents improperly leaked Ill. prison info."   

On June 23, 2012, The State Journal-Register published an article titled "Inspector general rebukes former Veterans Affairs official." Please click the following link to read the article:

On June 11, 2012, the Daily Herald published an article titled "Former state worker gets jail, probation for food stamp scam." Please click the following link to read the article:

On May 10, 2012, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article titled "Report: Ex-top IDOT boss misused state post to get NASCAR tickets." Please click the following link to read the article:

On May 10, 2012, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "State report slams college savings program." Please click the following link to read the article:

On April 5, 2012, the Office of Executive Inspector General provided the following comments to the Executive Ethics Commission (EEC) and to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.  These comments were provided in response to the EEC’s notice of proposed amendments to Illinois Administrative Code, Title 2, Section 1620, which was published in the Illinois Register on February 24, 2012:

On March 12, 2012, the website hispanicallyspeakingnews.com posted an article titled "Attorney Gen. Madigan: DHS Caseworker Guilty in Kickback Scheme." Please click the following link to read the article:

On March 12, 2012, the State Journal Register published an article titled "Review: Illinois official sped payment to wife's firm." Please click the following link to read the article:

On February 24, 2012, the Daily Herald published a letter from Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza. Please click the following link to read the letter:

On February 21, 2012, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published an article titled "Meza strives for transparency." Please click the following link to read the article:

On February 21, 2012, the Quad-Cities Online Dispatch website posted an article titled "Inspector general: Illinois OK'd contract after fraud." Please click the following link to read the article:

On February 21, 2012, in Voice of the People, the Chicago Tribune published a letter from Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza. Below is a link to the Chicago Tribune article and a link to the contents of the letter:

On January 27, 2012, Executive Inspector General (EIG) Ricardo Meza testified before a joint House Human Services and State Government Administration Committee Hearing. EIG Meza’s testimony was related to a joint investigation conducted by the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (OEIG) and the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Children and Family Services. A copy of his written testimony is available using this link, EIG Ricardo Meza Testimony 01.27.12. The investigative timeline for the case is also available using this link, 10-01182 Investigative Timeline. Finally, a copy of the redacted final report for case 10-01182-McEwen et al. is available on the OEIG website at 10-01182 McEwen et al. 10.17.11. Please check our OEIG Cases webpage to see additional OEIG investigative final reports.

On January 27, 2012, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "State investigators say DCFS contract fraud could be worse than known." Please click the following link to read the article:

On November 23, 2011, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "Ill. workers suspended over money to help disabled."

On November 17, 2011, the State Journal-Register published an editorial titled "Our Opinion: No relation to reality in ‘Quinn Land’." Please click the following link to read the editorial:

On October 24, 2011, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article titled "State senator tied to target of ‘large-scale fraud’ investigation." Please click the following link to read the article:

On October 20, 2011, the Chicago Tribune published an editorial titled "$18 million, little oversight." Please click the following link to read the editorial:

On October 18, 2011, the Chicago Sun-Times published an article titled "Ex-DCFS director’s friend accused of "large-scale’ fraud of state funds." Please click the following link to read the article:

On October 18, 2011, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "Ex-DCFS chief allegedly failed to monitor grants tied to probe." Please click the following link to read the article:

On October 13, 2011, the Illinois Times published an article titled "State worker charged with child porn keeps job." Please click the following link to read the article:

On October 11, 2011, a pair of bills aimed at increasing transparency and strengthening ethics training compliance were introduced by State Representative Fred Crespo (44th District).  The two bills have the full support of the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (OEIG).  On October 12, 2011, a press release related to HB 3830 and HB 3831 was released by the OEIG.  Please click on the following links to read the press release and the two newly introduced bills:

On September 7, 2011, the Daily Eastern News published an article titled "Employee charged with child pornography."  

On August 29, 2011, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "Anti-tea party e-mail leads to slap on wrist for human rights investigator." Please click the following link to read the article:

On August 24, 2011, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "Legislative watchdog wants more power to investigate ethics violations."

On August 3, 2011, the Daily Herald published an article titled "State workers not fired for fireable offenses." Please click the following link to read the article:

On August 1, 2011, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled "Quinn adviser fined for political activity from state phone."

On July 18, 2011, the Belleville News Democrat published an article titled "State official baffled: Why didn't IDNR fire Scott Flood?"

On July 15, 2011, the Daily Herald published a letter from Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza in an article titled "Inspector general has eye on ethics." Please click the following link to read the article:

On July 13, 2011, in Voice of the People, the Chicago Tribune published a letter from Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza. Below is a link to the Chicago Tribune article and a link to the contents of the letter:

On July 7, 2011, The Daily Herald published an editorial article titled “State’s ethics math does not compute.” Please click the following link to read the article:

On July 6, 2011, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled “Former state parks director's son resigns, but not until after pension vests”, related to an Office of Executive Inspector General Investigation. Please click the following link to read the article:

On July 6, 2011, the Daily Herald published an article titled “State ethics board levied $28,350 in fines.” Please click the following link to read the article:

On February 15, 2011, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office (“AG’s Office”) issued a press release concerning the indictment on fraud and official misconduct charges of Margarita Lopez, an Illinois Department of Human Services caseworker.  The Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor assisted the AG’s Office on the investigation involving Ms. Lopez.

On February 14, 2011, the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor was granted authority to act as executive inspector general for the Regional Transportation Authority, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace, effective July 1, 2011.